The playing future of former Socceroos winger Stan Lazaridis is in doubt after being cut from Perth Glory's playing roster for the next A-League season.
The club confirmed they had not offered Lazaridis a contract for next season after the 35-year-old met with Glory coach David Mitchell on Monday morning.
"Stan has been a wonderful ambassador for Australian football over a significant period of time," Mitchell said.
"It was great to have him wear the Perth Glory colours over the past two seasons however injury and some unfortunate circumstances meant that Stan wasn't able to play as many matches as he and the club would have liked.
"Moving forward and putting together a squad for the season ahead I've had to make some tough decisions and not offering Stan a new contract has been one of the toughest of all."
Lazaridis, a left-side specialist, played 71 matches for Australia and 260 in the English Premier League for West Ham and Birmingham.
But he failed to have much of an impact in two seasons in the A-League due to injury and a positive drug test for prescription alopecia medicine.
He was found guilty and banned from playing for 12 months by ASADA and managed only two appearances for Perth late last season.
Mitchell said it was a tempting to offer Lazaridis one more year but said it was not worth risking a valuable squad spot.
"There was a possibility that we could have nursed Stan through another season in the A-League but I don't think that would have done him or the club any favours," Mitchell said.
"This is a vital campaign for the Glory and every single person in our squad will be called upon and they must be ready for action."
Lazaridis has reportedly attracted interest from other A-League clubs but he is also believed to be interested in coaching.
Perth Glory chief executive Scott Gooch left the door open for Lazaridis to continue his involvement with the club in an off-field capacity.
"Stan is a terrific person and will always be welcome at Perth Glory," Gooch said.
"I look forward to sitting down with him once he has had time to think about the next stage of his life and hopefully that could include an off-field role with Perth Glory."
Lazaridis is arguably Western Australia's most successful football export.
After starting out at local club Floreat Athena he went on to play for more than a decade in England and become the eighth-most capped Socceroo of all-time.